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China launches world's first quantum satellite

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 05:50

China's quantum satellite - nicknamed Micius after a 5th century BC Chinese philosopher and scientist - blasting off from the launch centre in the south-western Gobi Desert on Aug 16.


CHINA launched the world's first quantum satellite on Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system of encrypted communications.

The launch took place at 1.40am in the south-western Gobi Desert, the

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